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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Newcastle are prepared to buy back Andy Carroll from Liverpool - but will not pay more than £10m for the striker they sold to the Anfield club for £35m a year ago.
Full story: the Sun

Alternatively, the Magpies would be willing to pay about £15m for Carroll, but the Tyneside club believes Liverpool's valuation could be closer to £25m.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Meanwhile, Newcastle have put a £15m price tag on goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Full story: the Sun

New QPR manager Mark Hughes has made Chelsea striker Didier Drogba his number one transfer target.
Full story: Daily Star

Striker Mario Balotelli has dismissed reports he wants to quit Manchester City.
Full story: talkSPORT

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp wants his chairman Daniel Levy to stump up £7m for Bolton defender Gary Cahill, whose proposed move to Chelsea has stalled over his wage demands and his preference to move to a club where he is assured of being a first choice.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to leave the club on loan during the transfer window to boost his chances of getting on the plane for Euro 2012.
Full story: Daily Star

The Gunners face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City to sign 16-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, who is valued at about £4m even though he is yet to make his first-team debut.
Full story: the Independent

Hughes has already contacted his former club Manchester City about signing defenders Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge, and Blackburn to make an £8m offer for Christopher Samba. Hughes has a budget of £30m to spend in January.
Full story: Daily Express

Everton are believed to be looking at Egyptian striker Mohamed Nagy, who plays for Al Ahly in Cairo.
Full story: Liverpool Echo

Sochaux striker Modiba Maiga, whose proposed move to Newcastle fell through last month when he failed a medical, is now hoping to join Stoke.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are understood to be interested in Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos - a transfer target for Merseyside rivals Everton - on a loan deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Out-of-favour Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong has reiterated he could leave the club after growing increasingly frustrated by his lack of playing time.
Full story: Sky Sports

Newcastle say they have not received any bids for striker Demba Ba.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says the club are "serious" about signing wantaway Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Full story: London Evening Standard

Qatar outfit Al-Sadd have pulled out of a deal for QPR striker Adel Taarabt, after baulking at his £15m price tag.
Full story: Metro

Stoke's proposed £1.5m signing of VVV Venlo striker Michael Uchebo is in danger of collapse over work permit issues.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United are believed to be targeting Celtic's 22-year-old midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung in a bid to ease their midfield crisis.
Full story: Footybunker

Fulham have joined the clubs watching Jamie Vardy, non-League Fleetwood's £1m-rated striker.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has criticised Liverpool's handling of the Luis Suarez affair and insisted the striker should have apologised sooner for racially abusing Patrice Evra.
Full story: the Guardian

Suarez says he wants to fire Liverpool to a trophy and a top-four finish when he returns from his eight-match suspension.
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Man City striker Mario Balotelli says Mancini is a better manager than Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.
Full story: Daily Express

City are worried that Spanish star David Silva could be out of action for a few weeks with the ankle injury that forced him off at half-time in the 3-2 loss to Manchester United.
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Aston Villa midfielder Ciaran Clark insists he has never contemplated going out on loan to boost his hopes of playing for the Republic of Ireland at the Euro 2012 Championship.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

Blackburn manager Steve Kean's agent has questioned the motives behind the protests at Rovers and has suggested the fans involved are not "true supporters".
Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona will not be in the running to become the president of France.
Full story: London Evening Standard

Paul Ince is set for a return to management this week - with League Two side Bristol Rovers.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sir Richard Branson has ruled out bidding to rename Newcastle's ground St James' Park after his takeover of Northern Rock.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle


Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has achieved a personal goal - snaps of himself with two football legends.
Full story: the Sun

David Beckham's son Romeo may have broken his daddy's heart after seemingly deciding to support Manchester United's Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Full story: Metro

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp already has a plan to stop Thierry Henry - by re-signing Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles.
Full story: the Sun

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see also
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
11 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
10 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
10 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
09 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
09 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
07 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
08 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2012
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